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Kuno Meyer at Liverpool

Portrait of Kuno MeyerKuno Meyer at Liverpool

Kuno Meyer (1858-1919) was appointed Lecturer in Teutonic Languages and Literature at University College Liverpool in 1884. He was subsequently Professor of Teutonic Languages, 1894-1911, Reader in Celtic 1903-1908, and Professor of Celtic 1908-1914.

During Kuno Meyer's 27 years at Liverpool, Liverpool University played an important role in the modernization of Irish language scholarship and, by extension, the nationalist movement. Meyer and visiting colleagues, such as fellow German Celticist Heinrich Zimmer (1851-1910), helped legitimize the language by giving it an international context and some international significance.

In 1903, Meyer and John Strachan of Manchester founded the School of Irish Learning in Dublin to train a new generation of native Irish scholars, including Tomás Ó Máille (1880-1938), the subject of the loan exhibition from NUI Galway: Tomás Ó Máille, Culture and Citizenship.